Make Fruit Fair! - Decent Work, Fair Supply Chains and Sustainable Development


The demand for tropical fruits is growing. So is the power of supermarkets and multinational fruit companies. At the same time farmers and workers in the tropical fruit sector suffer from unfair working and trading conditions. To change for better, governments, supermarkets and companies have to get active.

Closely following the apple, banana is the second favorite fruit in Germany. Also on a global scale trade with tropical fruits like bananas, pineapples, mangos, oranges and avocados is increasing. However, the majority of tropical fruits is produced for export. Looking at the supply chain, small scale farmers and plantation workers are the losers in the big business with fruit. Low wages, labour right violations and ecological damage are common in the in producing countries like Colombia or Ecuador.

With the international campaign ‘Make Fruit Fair!' finep demands better social and environmental standards in the tropical fruit sector. Together with 18 partner organizations from Europe, America and Africa we ask decision makers in politics and private economy to commit to living wages and fair prices, comply with human and labour rights and protect the environment.

We want fruit companies and supermarkets to guarantee:

  • living wages are paid on the plantations they source from.
  • equal access for women to employment and training.
  • respect for human rights, including labour rights, such as the freedom to join an independent trade union.
  • the environment is respected by reducing toxic agrochemical use.


We want governments to:

  • regulate the abuses of supermarket buyer power.
  • ensure that companies are held accountable for working conditions in producing countries.
  • support policies that encourage fair and sustainable fruit production.

Project Activities

  • Trainings for activists and multipliers and development of a curriculum with supporting training material
  • Media campaign including press conferences, journalist trips and photo stunts
  • Awareness campaign including social media activities, educational events as well as urgent actions and an online-petition
  • Speaker tours with partners from Latin America
  • Lobby activities on national and EU-level
  • Strengthening the European Banana & Agro Industrial Product Action Network (EUROBAN)


Project Partners:

Asociația Mai Bine (RO)

BanaFair (DE)

Banana Link (GB)

Ekumenicka akademie Praha (CZ)

Fair Trade Advocacy Office (BE)

Fako Agricultural Workers Union (CM)

Fundacja Kupuj Odpowiedzialnie (PL)

Gruppo di Volontariato Civile Onlus (IT)

Instituto Marquês de Valle Flôr (PT)

Koperattiva Kummerċ Ġust (MT)

Oxfam Deutschland e.V. (DE)

Peuples Solidaires (FR)

Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Industria Agropecuaria (CO)

Südwind Agentur (AU)

Tudatos Vásárlók Közhasznú Egyesülete (HU)

Unión Regional de Organizaciones Campesinas del Litoral (EC)

The Windward Islands Farmers Association (CIW)

Zaļā brīvība (LV)


International campaign website:

Campaign video clip:

Project Duration: 2015-2018

Contact: Lina Gross

This project is funded by the European Union and Engagement Global gGmbH on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The contents are the sole responsibility of finep and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union, Engagement Global and the BMZ.